MILLBURN, NJ - Heading into half time of third game of the Platypus tournament, several factors were weighing on the Millburn fourth grade lacrosse team. The weather was scorching hot, and the boys had previously played twice earlier in the day, beating Scotch Plains 6-4 and Basking Ridge team 7-3.
The win over basking Ridge gave the fourth-grade boys a record 43-0. In the final game, Millburn took on Highland, who was also nursing an undefeated streak of their own. The halftime score was 2-1 in favor of Millburn.
Highland scored to tie the game early in the second half and began buzzing, looking for the tiebreaking goal. But as they did all season, the Millburn backline refused to break and kick-started a major response.
Highland was on offense near Millburn’s goal when Drew Rothman and Jagger Zemachson made a big defensive stand. Following that stop, Jacob Gerstel brought the ball up and passed it to Chace Redler who made a few moves and scored top right to put Millburn back up top 3-2.
The very next possession, Redler passed to Quinn Barkley who had a low-range shot to make it 4-2. From there, Millburn just kept the gas pedal down. Cole Luber got the ball to Brandon Rey, who scored to make it 5-2, sealing the victory.
With the win, the fourth-grade boys completed the season 44-0, making them undefeated for the past two seasons.
According to head coach Scott Redler, the entire team stepped up and continued to come together as the season progressed. Redler said that it was a true team effort, as each player bought into the group first mentality, which allowed the squad to rise to such historic heights.
At the team banquet, the fourth-grade group was recognized by the coaches for their effort. Each player received a custom dog-tag necklace commemorating their unbeaten streak.
In recognition of what they did the past two years, Millburn Mayor Dianne Eglow was on-hand at the team banquet to present each Millburn player with their necklace.